The recently-held symposium in Tunis, Arab spring: Youth participation for the promotion of peace, human rights and fundamental freedoms confirmed the commitment of intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental partners active in youth cooperation to reinforce this process which, among others, will include:
- The establishment of a Mediterranean University for Youth and Development in Tunisia, which corresponds to the concept of a summer-university and would complete the range of already existing universities on youth and development organised by the Council of Europe's North-South Centre
- The creation of an Arab or Maghreb Youth Centre for Training and Development (League of Arab States)
- The development of a regional Euro-Arab online youth platform (League of Arab States)
- The creation of a Network of European and Arab youth researchers.
Furthermore, the Council of Europe, in the framework of its Neighbourhood Co-operation policy and through joint projects with the European Commission the Council of Europe is taking an increasingly important role in supporting the consolidation of democratic developments in the South Mediterranean region.
Profile of participants
The League of Arab States and the Council of Europe will each invite 15 youth trainers and leaders with experience in youth organisations or youth movements.
The 30 participants are expected to be motivated and able to put into practice their competences in projects of their organisations and, occasionally, other projects by the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States and their respective partners. Each group of 15 participants should be balanced in relation to sex and reflect the diversity of their communities.
Practical and financial conditions
Board and lodging for the residential seminar is provided and paid for by the League of Arab States and the partners in Tunisia.
Travel expenses for the participants from Council of Europe member states will be fully reimbursed according to the rules of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. Travel organisation and expenses for the participants from the League of Arab States countries will be provided by the League of Arab States.
Procedure and deadline for application
All those interested to apply for the seminar are invited to apply on-line in http://youthapplications.coe.int by 31 October 2012.